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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

You could do what humans normally do when dealing with arbitrally long numbers - treat them as strings. We don't normally use values higher than milion in daily life - would you dictate a 10 digit ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

In the spirit of functional programming, you can add run length encoding. Practically speaking, we see that there is no more effective of a method for naming numbers than giving them a sequence of ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

Both issues can be solved simultaneously. Consider for a moment how you say 1 239 475 612 034 in English. It’s not (usually) said as: one two three nine four seven five six one two zero three four ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

For precise integers, I see no viable systematic alternative that covers them all up to arbitrary size. But often, you don't need precise integers with all digits specified, spelled out, and spoken. ...
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Usage of different plural systems in the same language

A similar system to the one you describe is attested in Fijian. Fijian has a single-dual-paucal-plural distinction in its pronouns only. However, almost every sentence must contain a subject pronoun. ...
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Words for numbers in a language with bijective numeration

The solution I've gone with is to use two different words as jk suggests in his answer. In speech, both "one-dozen and twelve" ("rurinye-tendi") and "two dozen" ("...
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Words for numbers in a language with bijective numeration

Just have two different words, like "twelve" (T) and "dozen". Than the number 1T is one-dozen-and-twelve.
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Inventing A Plural Form For First And Second Person

After thinking about this a bit, I realised that you are basically describing a minimal–augmented pronoun system. In a minimal–augmented system, each person comes in two pronominal forms: minimal, ...
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Mathematical Quenya Symbol?

I don't believe so, no. The idea of writing equations with symbols like that is actually a very recent invention, historically speaking; ways of representing numbers go back to the very beginnings of ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

If -el "applies", I'm not sure about using it between digits. By that logic, KarelBis would be 4 applied to 2, so 2^4. Going that route, and assuming base 10 is the more common counting ...
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Inventing A Plural Form For First And Second Person

Have you considered agglutinative pronouns? At least initially, in the precursor language, henceforth "Old Simplicius". Start with three pronouns that are strictly 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person ...
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Words for numbers in a language with bijective numeration

if the base system is deeply ingrained in the language (in most (all?) natlangs it isn't, numbers predate modern positional notation by millennia; let's say your language had the notation for a long ...
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Usage of different plural systems in the same language

Also attested in English, just not to the extent of your example. Dual number existed in nouns & pronouns and was lost in nouns by Primitive Germanic times. Its use continued into West Germanic &...
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Usage of different plural systems in the same language

An example from a different grammatical component, to widen the perspective. In Czech, the former dual number has been retained as a special plural form for some paired body part nouns to distinguish ...
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Famous or memorable ways make sequences of numbers express something?

The big difficulty with an encoding like this is that the functional load is distributed very unevenly across the syllables. If you miss the sixth digit/syllable, that's not going to affect much. But ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

After some thinking, I think I can confirm how it should. Let me self-plagiarize from this post on Code Golf SE, with respect to the updated phonology and orthography. Though this conlang's numeral ...
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How should my conlang enable arbitrarily large integers to be said?

You can have some fun with this. If the moderators resemble humans and are not good at repeating identical strings an exact number of times, then you can use something like Hebrew numerals or Greek ...
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